Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Top 20 Countdown

“Rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God.” Joel 2:13
From today until Easter this daily blog will serve as a guide for you and me as we count down the days until Easter. There will be a daily entry for these 20 days including Saturday and Sunday.  Each day will contain a reading from Scripture, a short reflection, and practical ways to engage God throughout the day. Consider now, setting aside time today and each day between now and Easter to read, reflect, pray and engage God. 

Letting Go 
There was nothing Jesus was more attached to than his Father. Jesus himself said, “the Father and I are one.” What a beautiful picture. This is God’s vision for each of our lives, a deep internal reality that there is nothing that stands between God and us. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. We can easily become blind to the things that we have subtly attached meaning and significance to outside of Christ. There are times when we simply fail to see how our children or our work, or our recreational activities have somehow become the most important thing in our lives, receiving the bulk of our time, money and resources. 
Lent, the days leading up to Easter,  is a season of letting go. It’s about growing in spiritual awareness; an awareness that exposes the existence of our earthly attachments (food dependence, media addiction etc) and draws us closer to the ever present passionate love of Christ.
Lent is also a season of taking on. It is about making choices that grow you closer to God (bible reading) and God’s people (church, small group attendance, service projects).

Reflect: Ask God to reveal to you any mindset, attitude, or behavior that has become a barrier between you and Him. Take an attachment inventory. Walk through your home or office, and in your mind give all you have to God.  Be quiet and listen to what He wants to say to you.     
Is there something He is telling you to let go of today for the next 20 days?  Certain foods? Addictive substances?  Negative thinking? 

Is there something He wants you to take on today for the next 20 days? Scripture memorization? Exercise? Having a Daily Quiet Time? Daily random acts of kindness?

Your pastor and partner in ministry,


TONIGHT Help support C3’s ENCOUNTER College Mission trip to Haiti by eating at Freddy’s between 5 & 8pm (Drive Thru also) 
What you have to do is SAY “ENCOUNTER” when placing your order. 

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